Outpatient rotation

Located at United Family Practice Center

Hospital: United Hospital

Offered: Call for schedule availability

Limit: One student per session

Course Director: Ravi Balasubrahmanyan, MD

Contact: Joy Gray (651) 241-1001 or Joy.Gray@allina.com

Report first day

Arranged, call contact person.

This course is intended for students interested in Family Medicine as a career, or for medical students wishing to acquire a broad spectrum of patient care. The medical student will participate in outpatient care at United Family Medicine Clinic as a component of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Educational components will include patient care, morning report at hospital, lectures, and group discussions. Educational components may include outreach experiences at Dorothy Day, Face to Face, and Sibley Manor Clinics.

Goals and objectives

This elective provides opportunities for students to participate in outpatient service care.

Upon completion in the care of the outpatient, the medical student will be able to:

  • Take a history, perform the physical exam, and interpret and integrate lab results in the care of the outpatient.
  • Identify patient problems, develop a differential diagnosis, and formulate a management plan.
  • Write/dictate office visits.
  • Learn to code ambulatory office visits.
  • Understand the Family Physician in the coordination of care of outpatients and the appropriate role of working with consultants and other medical specialists in the care of patients in an ambulatory setting.
  • Understand the decision-making process that is involved in admitting a patient to the hospital, and to understand alternatives to acute inpatient care.
  • Understand the multidisciplinary nature of outpatient care, the medical office, and the importance of working with the many members of the health care team.
  • Understand the complexity of how the psycho social context of the patient impacts processes.
  • Become familiar with and become comfortable with end-of-life issues, including advanced directives, DNR/DNI decisions, and withdrawal of care.
  • Understand the importance of peer education in the care of patients and to participate in those efforts during time on rotation.


Evaluation of performance will be completed informally by both the faculty, and formally through written evaluation at the end of the rotation.

Special instructions

Each student must contact the course contact person no later than four months prior to the start of the requested rotational period.

Other information

  • Hospital parking provided to medical student.
  • Medical student to wear medical school identification/name tag while on rotation.
  • Medical student to wear lab coat while on rotation at United Hospital.